The White House’s Plan to Win the Midterms

GOP tsunami is sweeping away Democrat hopes for midterm elections. How will Republicans handle the loss?

What happened to the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections? That’s the question at the center of GOP strategists as they try to figure out how to deal with a potential rout in the midterm elections.

Here’s what they are watching.

President Obama

The Obama team’s calculus may be that it’s best to go on the offense and try to turn out new voters. The president doesn’t need to be able to appeal to independent voters in the midterms like he can in normal elections. He doesn’t need to be able to say, “I’m president, get used to it.”

He’s not going to be able to say, “I’m on your side.” That’s just going to lead to accusations of partisanship.

The White House seems to believe that the midterms can be winnable or they can be lost. It’s a little hard to tell which will come first.

President Obama has been playing it safe in order to avoid making concessions on his signature campaign issue, climate change.

But, Mr. Obama, you have to be honest. You have to admit that climate change is real, and that you’re in favor of taking action to fight it.

“That’s why, as president, the only thing I won’t do is put my head in the sand. We have to act, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to move forward, and I know you’re prepared to do the same.”

Mr. Obama can’t turn off the partisan fight. But, he can be careful about the tone of his political rallies and speeches, and how he positions himself for political attack ads. He has to be careful about who he tells what to say during the midterms. He

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